Toronto loves warm weather and getting out into it at a festival. Some are indoors but many more are outdoors! It seems like you can find a festival for any style: intellectual, artistic, sporty and hungry! So, try out a bunch in our Summer Festival Guide for Toronto and the GTA!

Throughout Spring/Summer

Street Eats Markets
Get your fill of delicious global cuisine at Street Eats Market, including food festivals at Scarborough Town Centre and Downsview Park.

The Bentway STREET Festivals
The Bentway presents “STREET”, a series of free art installations and roving performances on Toronto’s roads and public spaces.

June

Pride Month Family Events Guide
When: Throughout June
Celebrate Toronto’s proudly diverse communities with kid-friendly festivities in our Pride Month Family Events Guide for Toronto and the GTA.

Taste of Little Italy
When: June 17-19, 2022
Taste of Little Italy is back this year after a two-year hiatus, transforming the heart of Little Italy into a bustling street festival.

Toronto Comic Arts Festival
When:
June 17-19, 2022
TCAF is an annual event showcasing the greatest in Canadian and International comic books and their creators, including hands-on kids workshops and events.

Vaughan International Film Festival
When: June 20-23, 2022
The Vaughan International Film Festival returns to theatres, showcasing Canadian and international short films plus those by local students.

Toronto Outdoor Picture Show
When: June 23-August 25, 2022
TOPS returns to its four pre-pandemic home parks with “Curtains Up!”, a free 21-evening festival programme of performance-themed films.

Lavazza IncluCity Festival
When:
June 27-July 16, 2022
The 2022 Lavazza IncluCity Festival takes place at The Distillery Historic District, celebrating multiculturalism and the best in international cinema.

Rhythms of Canada
When: June 28-July 3, 2022
This six-day festival celebrates our country’s diversity at the Aga Khan Museum, with free family crafts and museum tours, live music, artisan market, food trucks and a Canada Day ceremony.

Stratford Festival
When: June-October
The Stratford Festival presents “Little Women” as part of the Schulich Children’s Plays series, based on classic novels by Louisa May Alcott.

July

Canada Day Festivals
When: July 1, 2022
Celebrate our favourite country in the whole world with parties happening all over the GTA!

Stouffville Strawberry Festival 
When: July 1-3, 2022
This festival in the berry-picking area of Whitchurch-Stouffville features a carnival, inflatables, live performances, talent shows as well as strawberry-focused food offering and baking contests.

Beaches Jazz Festival
When: July 2-24, 2022
Beaches Jazz Festival is a free month-long music festival, with concerts in parks and closing traffic on Queen Street East during StreetFest.

Guild Festival Theatre’s Family Fest
When:
July 6-10, 2022
Family Fest kicks off the Guild Festival Theatre’s new theatre season with a variety of different performances, workshops and activities.

Toronto Fringe Festival
When: July 6-17, 2022
Toronto Fringe Festival, Ontario’s largest theatre festival, returns for 2022 including KidsFest, with family shows running early in the day.

Mixto Festival
When: July 7-10, 2022
Mixto Festival is back for 2022 with four days of music, food and friends at Lula Lounge and in a transformed outdoor lot in the west end.

Taste of Lawrence
When: July 8-10, 2022
The 18th Annual Taste of Lawrence Festival is a fun-filled weekend with mouth-watering food, music and dance shows, midway rides, and more.

Kaeja d’Dance: Porch View Dances
When: July 8-17, 2022
This long-running dance festival by Kaeja d’Dance becomes an interactive treasure hunt this year with live and virtual performances in Seaton Village.

Field Trip Music & Arts Festival
When: July 9, 2022
Field Trip Music Festival returns to Fort York with free admission for kids 12 years old and under, plus a separate stage for family shows.

TD Salsa in Toronto Festival
When: July 9-10, 2022
The annual TD Salsa in Toronto Festival takes over midtown Toronto with St. Clair Avenue West into Canada’s biggest salsa party.

Toronto Caribbean Carnival 
When: July 7-31, 2022
Toronto Caribbean Carnival (FKA Caribana) is a spectacular display of costumes, music, and culture, with a month’s worth of events.

Regent Park Film Festival
When: July 13-27, 2022
Regent Park Film Festival has free film programming on three Wednesdays in July, plus a block party with family-friendly activities.

Tammuz Festival
When:
July 15-17, 2022
Tammuz Festival returns this summer with many free and ticketed events for all ages, featuring Iranian performances and culinary experiences.

Love, Scarborough Festival
When: July 15-17, 2022
Love, Scarborough Festival, hosted by Street Eats Market, includes food vendors, kids bouncy castles, face painting, giveaways and much more.

Bloor West StreetFest
When: July 16, 2022
Bloor West StreetFest returns with live entertainment, children’s midway, rock climbing wall, SuperDogs performances, face painting and more.

BIG on Bloor Festival
When: July 16-17, 2022
BIG on Bloor Festival returns with an in-person car-free takeover of the Bloordale neighbourhood, on Bloor West from Dufferin to Lansdowne.

Taste of the Middle East
When: July 22-24, 2022
The Taste of the Middle East Toronto Festival transforms Nathan Phillips Square into a magical blend of Arabic Music, Art, Heritage and Food.

TD Festival of South Asia
When: July 23-24, 2022
Festival of South Asia is a free arts and culture street party with live dance and music performances, plus a wide array of food options.

Canada’s Wonderland Kidzfest
When: July 23-August 7, 2022
Canada’s Wonderland Kidzfest is a party just for kids, with character meet and greets, live shows, entertainment, great food and more.

Toronto International Youth Dance Festival
When: July 28-30, 2022
Toronto International Youth Dance Festival is a multi-cultural celebration of culture and diversity through the art of dancing, free to attend at Nathan Phillips Square.

Toronto Food Truck Festival
When: July 29-August 1, 2022
The Toronto Food Truck Festival is back! Head to Woodbine Park in the East End to stuff your faces with lots of delicious international food.

Summer of Joy Festival
When: July 30, 2022
Summer Of Joy Festival celebrates the launch of the Albion Islington Square, a community gathering place in Etobicoke’s Rexdale community.

August & Labour Day Weekend

Grange Festival
When: August 5, 2022
Non-profit organization University Settlement hosts the free Grange Festival, with live entertainment, face painting, kids’ games, and more!

JerkFest Toronto
When: August 5-7, 2022
JerkFest Toronto returns to Etobicoke for a memorable family affair with tantalizing Caribbean jerk cuisine and the buzz of live music.

#BollywoodMonster Mashup
When: August 5-6, 2022
Join the party for this year’s #BollywoodMonster Mashup at Mississauga’s Celebration Square, featuring concerts, shopping, a kidzone and more!

Durham Carifest
When: August 6, 2022
Durham Carifest celebrates the diversity and culture of the Caribbean Region with a fun, one-day festival in Ajax.

Wheels on the Danforth
When: August 13, 2022
Wheels on the Danforth is back with a car show including hundreds of classic cars, plus food vendors, kid’s zone, buskers, live bands and DJs.

Toronto Chinatown Festival
When:
August 20-21, 2022
Toronto Chinatown Festival returns this year with a free two-day program of cultural performances, street eats, family activities and more!

Afro Carib Fest
When: August 20-21, 2022
Afro Carib Fest is a free fun-filled weekend for the entire family, including live performances, a cultural parade, kids zone and much more.

Japan Festival Canada in Mississauga
When: August 20-21, 2022
Website: www.japanfestivalcanada.com

CNE (Canadian National Exhibition)
When: August 19—September 5, 2022
The CNE has been a Toronto summer tradition since its inception in 1879 and it’s back this year with its usual array of EXciting events!

FAN EXPO Canada
When: August 25-28, 2022
FAN EXPO Canada is a four-day pop culture convention packed with exciting family-friendly activities and celebrities.

Halal RibFest
When: August 26-28, 2022
This tasty celebration of the GTA’s unique multicultural diversity is Canada’s largest halal barbecue and food truck festival.

Sinting Fest On Eglinton West
When: August 26-28, 2022
Website: www.thelittlejamaica.com

TAIWANfest Toronto
When: August 26-28, 2022
Website: www.torontotaiwanfest.ca

Toronto Diversity Festival
When: August 27, 2022
Website: www.mokshacanada.com

Ashkenaz Festival
When: August 30-September 5, 2022
Website: www.ashkenaz.ca

Toronto International Buskerfest
When:
September 2-5, 2022
The Toronto International BuskerFest for Epilepsy is back so explore the captivating curiosities hiding around every corner.

Toronto Dragon Festival
When: September 2-4, 2022
The free and family-friendly Toronto Dragon Festival returns to Nathan Phillips Square with dragons, food and a dazzling water show extravaganza.

Looking for more ideas for Summer Outdoor activities? Check them out here!